Using frequent flyer points for hotel stays can help reduce the cost of your trip on the ground once you have already arrived. Points are especially valuable when staying at high-end hotels and/or during peak travel periods. In this section, we help you to figure out what to expect at chain and boutique hotels both in Australia and around the world.
Holiday Inn Airport Melbourne provides all the necessary requirements for a reasonable price.
The Sunset Water Villa offers exceptional views and unique features, such as a glass floor in the living room.
The Beach Suites provide exclusivity, such as direct access to a private beach.
Part 1 of this review looks at how I redeemed Hilton Honors points for this resort and why it was good value.
Located in the historic centre of Berlin, this hotel provides great amenities and a comfortable stay.
A well-appointed hotel, with modern luxury and world-class customer service. Plus, reasons to book via American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts.
This hotel offers great views, service and amenities and is only a short stroll away from the city centre.
This hotel caters to high-end leisure travellers looking for a relaxing getaway coupled with amazing Cretan hospitality.
This five-star hotel doesn’t live up to the hype but is a good choice to offset high accommodation costs if you have Marriott Rewards points.
This is probably my favourite hotel stay to date, with world-class customer service and well-appointed facilities.
This hotel offers compact but cosy rooms with friendly service, excellent food and a convenient location.
This is a highly aspirational property, costing a lot of money or points, and then more cash once you are on the island. However, if you are able to afford it, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
This is one of the most aspirational properties in the Marriott portfolio and is great for a 2-3 night visit. Plus, how to book this property for over 40% off.
This Marriott Category 5 hotel is in an excellent central downtown position, with a large renovated Club Lounge, extensive fitness facilities and newly renovated rooms.
Although the rooms need a styling refresh, this Marriott Category 5 hotel was a comfortable place to stay for three nights. All the major sights of Toronto are either within walking distance or a short drive away.
Had we not have enjoyed extra benefits through American Express, I probably would have preferred to stay at another property.
Whilst in an extended transit in Abu Dhabi, I needed a hotel room for 18 hours. Given the benefits available by booking through American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts, plus my status, I figured it was worth giving the St. Regis a go.
This Marriott property has a funky design, with excellent parking, close proximity to the airport and great value.
This Marriott Rewards property represents great value with modern rooms, good facilities, and easy access to the airport and CBD.
I spent a hard-earned stash of Starwood points at the Sheraton Mirage in Port Douglas earlier this year. Recommended!
If you are looking for a hotel with a boutique feel in the heart of the famous French Quarter, then consider this property. Learn how I was compensated for a number of room faults.
If you are heading to LA and you are looking for a hotel with some Hollywood glamour in a great location, then the W Hollywood delivers. Plus how to save time in traffic.
Read about my experience staying at this Marriott Category 6 property on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Plus, how to book and get the most value from your stay.
The Point Hacks team enjoyed well-appointed rooms, excellent customer service and an unmissable breakfast buffet during our meetup in The Lion City.
This Marriott Category 7 hotel has beautifully appointed rooms, incredible service and one of the best hotel brunches I have ever experienced.
The Novotel Auckland’s close proximity to the Airport – literally just across the road – nicely-designed rooms and consistently reliable service makes it my go to hotel whenever I find myself in Auckland with an early flight.
The Sheraton Melbourne is, as a Marriott loyalist, my go-to hotel when travelling to Melbourne. It’s not very big but makes up for its size with a good location, modern and comfortable rooms and good service.
The Old Clare Hotel is the only Design Hotels property in Australia that’s linked to Marriott, allowing you to use/earn points or status. It’s a unique place and definitely recommended for those looking for a different Sydney experience.
While the rooms are clean and fairly spacious, the staff are friendly and there’s nothing particularly wrong with the place, there’s also nothing to get you coming back here when Melbourne’s hotel scene is pretty competitive.
Emirates is currently offering a special all-inclusive package of two nights’ accommodation, meals and activities. Plus, we compare points earn from One&Only Resorts stays by booking direct and through an online travel agent.
Stylish design, a convenient location, great food and drink, a beautiful wellness centre, and pretty good wifi are the attractions of this hotel but my experience was let down by a couple of customer service bungles. There may be some more cost-effective options to lay your head for the night.
COMO The Treasury in Perth was recently added to Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts program. It’s a unique property – newly opened, with huge rooms, excellent (and included) food, along with personable service. I felt I received great value for my money despite the high nightly rate.
Maximising the benefits from Amex FHR at Shangri-La Sydney - Horizon Club Opera House View Room Review
The Shangri-La Sydney is unassuming from the outside but packs a big visual punch when you’re enjoying the views from the higher floors. Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts offered a great rate and a ton of extra perks with this stay.
Review of the Westin Whistler for our family ski extravaganza - a look at the One Bedroom & Deluxe Suites, the hotel and skiing in Whistler
The Westin Whistler is a skiier’s dream – here’s my review of the hotel from our family stay in March, in a One Bedroom Suite.
After our long flight from Sydney to San Francisco, and then a much shorter and less interesting flight with United from San Francisco to Vancouver, we finally arrived in Vancouver. I had selected the Element […]
I had booked us into the Sheraton Towers around 6 months before the Grand Prix when room rates were getting borderline outrageous – at least $450 (AUD) per night. The Sheraton Towers still had Starpoint […]
It seems like I’m on an unintentional tour of Australia’s Starwood properties this year – to the point where I might have a crack at retaining SPG Gold or SPG Platinum if it continues. My […]
The Sheraton Melbourne opened in late 2014, and while I managed to get a sneak preview of the place at the Starwood Moments 2014 Grand Prix event, I hadn’t stayed here until this year’s GP […]
After a few days skiing at Nozawa Onsen, we headed off to Tokyo for a day and a night of the big city before flying on to our respective destinations. This was the first time […]
On our second day at the InterContinental, we decided that we could actually afford to stay an extra night, shifting our flight from an early morning departure to one later the following day. This gained […]
After our stay at the Sheraton Villas we were ready to move on – we’d got a bit bored of the food and activities on offer on Denarau, and were keen for a change. I […]
The Sheraton Villas in Fiji are in the Starwood complex on Denarau, between the main Sheraton Hotel and The Westin. In this review I’ll cover off why we chose the Sheraton Villas, how I booked […]
There are three Hyatt hotels in Hong Kong – the Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency are on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, and the Hyatt Sha Tin in the New Territories. While the Hyatt Sha […]
I had a birthday year ending in a ‘0’ late last year, so decided to plan something a little bit special to celebrate – a one night stay at the Park Hyatt Sydney was in […]
In planning this Malaysian trip, I knew I was pretty keen to see something fairly typical for Malaysia – a resort, on an island, with some nice beaches. The Westin Resort in Langkawi looked like […]
For whatever reason, no chain hotels really caught my eye for our stay on Penang Island. In the end, I decided to go for the well-reviewed Lone Pine Hotel on Batu Ferringi beach, as it […]
A couple of months back I was in Melbourne, close to the Grand Hyatt and with a couple of hours to spare. The grand eagle statues on Collins Street in the CBD have often intrigued […]
We had a 5 day stay planned in Adelaide around the time of the Adelaide festival, and as I was travelling with family, I wanted to be sure we had a decent amount of space […]
The Park Hyatt Sydney is arguably the best hotel in the Sydney – it can certainly claim to have the position for wow-factor, sandwiched between the two Sydney icons on Circular Quay, underneath the Harbour […]
This was a quick weekend away, with a one night stay at the InterContinental Melbourne. I was in (relative) bargain hunting mode for this weekend, so I cranked up the IHG Friends & Family rate […]
On our way back to Sydney from Europe (London to Frankfurt on BA, and Frankfurt to Sydney on Qantas) we decided to break the trip with some time in Singapore to ease the jetlag pain. […]
We needed an extra night in Singapore on top of my initial booking with the InterContinental, thanks to award availability changing on me during the booking process. By the time I got around to sorting […]
Research & Booking I wanted to book a night at a hotel in the CBD for an easy city stay after a meal out at Rockpool Bar & Grill. The InterContinental on Phillip, Macquarie and […]
Research & Booking Before heading out of the UK we were due to spend a couple of nights in London catching up with some friends and enjoying the city we lived in a few years […]
As part of my round the world trip we had around a week in New York, visiting friends and family. When we first arrived I was keen to stay in a full service hotel with […]